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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 15:56 GMT 16:56 UK

Joel Epalle

Club: Panathinaikos
Position: Midfielder

Another Cameroon player to have made his debut while only in his teens, Joel Epalle has mearned a reputation as a solid and consistent performer.

But he lacks the sharpness of the Laurens, the Mbomas and the Songs of the African side.

Despite his shortfall he has been increasingly used by Winfried Schafer having already impressed Down Under at the Sydney Olympics.

He made his debut back in 1995 but remained on the cusp of the first-choice XI until 2000.

The 23-year-old looks likely to be given an organisational role in midfield.


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